Former UFC champion McGregor signs deal to fight Poirier

Breaking: Conor McGregor signs contract, fight with Dustin Poirier set for January 23

Breaking: Conor McGregor signs contract, fight with Dustin Poirier set for January 23

Today, it was revealed by Dana White that McGregor has officially signed on for the fight, which means this is all going to go down at UFC 257.

Conor McGregor has agreed to return to the UFC for a rematch with Dustin Poirier on January 23 at UFC 257. ESPN reported earlier in November that Poirier had already signed the bout agreement.

McGregor, who defeated Poirier via a first-round knockout in 2014, has not fought since January when he defeated American Donald Cerrone in 40 seconds.

However, few took the pledge seriously, and McGregor continued to be linked to a possible cross-combat fight with Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao before the Poirier bout was confirmed. Since facing off at UFC 178, the two have both earned UFC gold.

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"I am very grateful to be about to return and get to do what I love again", McGregor, a former two-weight UFC champion, was quoted as saying. McGregor has competed eight times, where he captured the featherweight strap from Jose Aldo in 2015 and then the lightweight throne in 2016. After leaving the sport for almost two years to box Floyd Mayweather Jr., McGregor returned to try to earn his old belt back from Khabib Nurmagomedov, only to be submitted in the fourth round with a neck crank. This matchup with Poirier will take place at lightweight.

Poirier (26-6) rebounded from that loss and fought his way to a UFC title, recording wins over Justin Gaethje and Eddie Alvarez before outpointing Max Holloway for the interim UFC lightweight title in April 2019. His attempt to unify it was ultimately unsuccessful when he too ran into Nurmagomedov, and he too lost by submission.

McGregor and Poirier both favour brawling, on-the-feet fighting styles that should provide a good matchup for McGregor's strengths.

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